Getting Exactly What I Wanted for Father’s Day

Rabbi Victor S. Appell,, 06/12/2019

My father’s birthday was June 17. As a result, his birthday sometimes fell on Father’s Day.

Being a Jew of Colour: Finding Acceptance and Inclusion

Alex Rose, The Canadian Jewish News, 04/24/2019

For Tobin, whose son is a young black man living in America, it’s also a very personal issue. “My privilege does not protect him,” she said.

Asian Jew or Jewish Asian

Emma Rosman, Shofar, 02/27/2019

The unique combination of these words shape who I am as an individual. I’ve recently thought about which word comes first-- am I an Asian Jew or a Jewish Asian?

Learning from Laughter this Father’s Day

Michael J. DeYoung, Jewish&, 06/14/2017

A Father's Day tribute to the white grandfather who raised me to be a proud biracial Jewish man.

Eating Bacon?

Janaki Kuruppu, Jewish&, 04/21/2015

"Did you like bacon before you were Jewish?" This question from one or both of my sons comes up periodically, at the dinner table, or in the car.

From Hail Mary to Hail Miriam

Kenny Kahn, Jewish&, 12/12/2013

Jews embrace rich history of diversity

Michael Dougan, San Francisco Examiner, 03/31/1999

The acceptance of Jews of color is important to Gary and Diane Tobin, leaders of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research in San Francisco, who want to see the same for their sixth child, 21-month-old Jonah.


The F Word: A Foster to Adopt Story (season 2)

Shekhiynah Lar, , 01/01/1970

The F Word is an honest yet humorous story of queer couple, Nicole and Kristan’s, journey into parenthood as they seek to adopt a child from foster care in Oakland. They introduce us to many voices in the foster care world including birth families, foster youth, and adoptees, learning from them as they wrestle with the systemic racism and classism they discover along the way.

Race: Pushing Myself & the Jewish Community

Diane Tobin, Jewish&, 06/22/2016

The need for Be’chol Lashon’s work to create a racially and ethnically inclusive Jewish community is greater than it has ever been.

The Year of the Bar Mitzvahs

Debbie Derby, My Jewish Learning, 02/04/2016

The “Derby Bunch”, or “Six Pack” as my parents like to call them, are a motley crew of grandkids – three of each gender – born within a six-year span to my two siblings and myself. And though all Jewish, we are spread across the ethnic and denominational map as well.

Breaking the Cycle of Unwelcome in Jewish Life

Alexandra Newman, Jewish&, 01/05/2016

When my sister and I walk into any Jewish setting we can get looked at differently and asked strange questions. This is because I am the white biological child of two white parents, and my sister is biracial adopted child of the same two white parents.

A Letter to My Son

Gal Adam Spinrad, Jewish&, 04/15/2015

You were two days old, and we had known about you for just one day, since the adoption agency director had come to find me the day before to tell me that a baby had been born whom she believed was meant to be our son

My Daughter is as Beautiful as a Doll

Rabbi Tziona Szajman, Jewish&, 04/08/2015

When my husband and I decided to adopt our daughter, we studied and discussed what it would be like as white Jewish parents raising an African American child.

'Fresh Off The Boat': Eddie and His Chinese-Jewish Rival

Julianne Hing, Color Lines, 03/11/2015

Welcome to “Fresh Off the Boat,” Episode 8, “Phillip Goldstein.” Phillip is Chinese, yes. He’s also the adopted son of Jewish parents.

Black, Jewish, and Adopted

Sabine Heinlein, Tablet Magazine, 02/26/2015

What Happens When Transnational Adoptees Learn About Race?

Collier Meyerson, Talking Points Memo, 01/30/2015

She wasn't half-black like me, I was sure of that. But since we were at Shul, I determined she was Jewish like me. And I'd never met another Jewish person who wasn't white.